Supporting our executive management team and our dedicated employees in Defining a Higher Standard™ of performance.
Western Forest Products is guided by a skilled board with deep experience and knowledge from a range of sectors complementary to our industry. With a focus on upholding the highest standards of corporate governance, Western’s Board of Directors is committed to fulfilling its duty of strategic stewardship and accountability to foster our long-term success.
Michael Waites has served as the Independent Chair since February 2019, and joined the board in November 2014. A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, he also serves on the boards of Repsol Oil & Gas Canada and HudBay. Mr. Waites was President and CEO – and, earlier, Executive Vice President and CFO – of Finning International for five years, retiring in 2013. He has also held senior positions with Canadian Pacific Railway and Chevron Canada Resources. Mr. Waites has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Calgary, a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College (California), a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary, and has completed the Executive Program at the University of Michigan Business School.
James Arthurs has served as a Director since July 2004. A resident of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Arthurs is Executive Vice President of Westport Fuel Systems Inc., a supplier of natural gas fuel systems for automotive applications. Previously, he was President of Cummins Westport Inc., a joint venture company that supplies natural gas engines for commercial transportation applications such as trucks and buses. He has also served as Vice President of Cryogenic Systems for Westport Innovations, as Managing Partner for i3 Transition Partners, as Senior Vice President of North American Operations for Integrated Paving Concepts and as Managing Director, Operations, for The Jim Pattison Group, one of Canada’s largest privately held companies. Mr. Arthurs holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.
Jane Bird has served as a Director since August 2015. A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Ms. Bird is a Senior Business Advisor for Bennett Jones LLP, focusing on complex public and private infrastructure initiatives. With Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development, she oversaw the renewal of Canada House on Trafalgar Square. She was also CEO of Columbia Power Corporation and CEO of Canada Line Rapid Transit, responsible for the $2-billion, 19-km line connecting downtown Vancouver with the Vancouver International Airport. Prior to her career in infrastructure, Ms. Bird practiced law. She is a Director of Global Container Terminals and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Laura Cillis joined the Board in March 2019. A resident of Calgary, she also serves on the boards of Crescent Point Energy and Shawcor. She was previously a member of the Board of Solium Capital until it was sold in 2019 and Enbridge Income Fund Holding until its privatization in 2018. She has also held the roles of Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Calfrac Well Services Ltd., Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Energy Services L.P., and various positions at Precision Drilling Corporation and Schlumberger Canada. Ms. Cillis is a Chartered Accountant and holds the ICD.D designation granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.
Lee Doney joined the board in July 2004, became Vice-Chairman in November 2008, and served as Chair from February 2014 to February 2019. A resident of Victoria, British Columbia, Mr. Doney is an independent consultant. Mr. Doney previously served as a Deputy Minister in the British Columbia government for over 15 years and served in a number of other posts in the government. Mr. Doney holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Queen’s University.
Daniel Nocente joined the Board in May 2014. A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Nocente sits on the Vancouver Coastal Health Board, where he is Chairman of its audit committee. Previously, he was Chairman of the Nature Trust of B.C., Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking with National Bank Financial, Vice Chairman and B.C. Geography Head with RBC Dominion Securities, Director and Audit Committee Chair with Canada Line Rapid Transit, Chair of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Vice Chair and Director of Providence Healthcare, Director and Head of the Governance Committee of the Arts Club Theatre Company, and a member of the YMCA Cabinet.
Cheri Phyfer joined the Board in March, 2019. A resident of Ohio, Ms. Phyfer is President, the Americas, Moen for Fortune Brands Home & Security, a home and security products company headquartered in the United States. She has also served as President, US Business, Moen; President, Consumer Brands Division of Sherwin Williams Company; and President and General Manager of the Diversified Brands Division of Sherwin Williams Company. Ms. Phyfer currently sits on the board of W.C. Bradley Company. Ms. Phyfer holds a MBA and a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University.
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